Here at HiQ, our love of all things four wheeled extends far beyond fixing them.
As avid auto-enthusiasts, the British Touring Car Championship puts some pretty big dates in our diaries. And it’s not just us - since it began in 1958 BTCC has been attracting millions of fans from across the globe. Here’s all you need to know about this display of motor muscle.
Brands Hatch is home to both the beginning and end of the BTCC season – opening on the action packed Indy circuit then returning to use the gruelling Grand Prix for a spectacular finale.
Offering some on the best views in racing, this Kent circuit has been visited by the roaring engines of BTCC since the series began back in 1958. Spectators can enjoy the unique combination of hills, dips and corners that make the Hatch one of the Britain’s best known racing venues.
Donington Park is the home of the second round of the BTCC. It’s sweeping corners and fast back section mean exhilarating racing is always on the cards. This Leicester venue’s picturesque views and vast spectator areas make Donington an undoubted fan favourite. Easily accessible from Birmingham, Derby, Leicester and Nottingham - Donington serves central England’s racing fans. Since it’s very first BTCC back in 1977, Donington has seen plenty of the sports most memorable moments – including the two incredible milestones of Jason Plato and Matt Neal who surpassed 400 and 500 BTCC races respectively in 2013.
Thruxton proudly boasts the highest average speed of any BTCC circuit. The Hampshire home of some of the biggest thrills and spills in motor sport was originally a wartime airfield. Commissioned in 1941, Thruxton was host to both the RAF and USAF - playing a major part in the D-Day landings as a base for troop carrying aircraft and gliders. Thurxton brings its own unique challenges, forcing BTCC title sponsor Dunlop to pack an special extra hard compound of the Sport Maxx tyre to cope with the relentless high speed corners - guaranteed action for eager motor fans.
Round 4 takes place at picturesque Oulton Park – but don’t let its beauty deceive you, this Cheshire circuit packs a punch when it comes to action. Designed over 60 years ago to flow some of the biggest engines in the business around its idyllic landscape, this track has long been a staple in the BTCC calendar.
Off track, this June round is famed for its family atmosphere, drawing crowds of over 40,000 across the weekend. A must visit for anyone wanting the full BTCC experience.
The motoring Mecca of the North East – Croft proudly serves petrol heads from Darlington, Middlesbrough, Newcastle and further a field.
Positioned just before mid-season testing commences, this circuit promises an interesting race as strategy and advantage begin to rear their head over this 2.125 miles of tarmac. We recommend heading to the centre of the track to see all of the action unfold.
The pride of Norfolk – Snetterton has been graced by the turning tyres of the BTCC for over 50 years. Long time fans will know just how many circuit changes we’ve seen in this time, getting us to the extended ‘300’ layout you’ll see this year. Taking inspiration from iconic corners like Monza’s Parabolica and the Montreal Hairpin, racing at Snetterton always delivers great viewing for motoring fans.
Fans come from far and wide to see the spectacle that is ‘the fastest track in Europe’. Rockingham was completed in 2001 and first visited by the BTCC just 2 years later. This Motor Speedway has multiple options when it comes to track configurations, including the NASCAR style ‘oval’. The round 8 cars use a section of the oval before heading onto the infield to face a challenging sequence of tight hairpins and fast sweeping bends. All spectators here can access the impressive grandstand, which overlooks every corner of the track, so none of the action is missed.
Round 7 takes the BTCC across Hadrian’s Wall, to Scotland’s Knockhill. This Fife circuit saw its first BTCC action over 20 years ago, in 1992. At just 1.27 miles, this relative new comer is one of the shortest of the season but what it lacks in length, it more than makes up for in action.
Knockhill is known for it’s high kerbs that launch cars onto two wheels as they fight for passing opportunities and faster lap times – making this Scottish circuit an interesting visit for fans, photographers and engineers alike.
Silverstone is racing royalty and no season would be complete without a spin around it’s hallowed tarmac. This penultimate round delights visiting fans with the long straights and tight corners of the short National Circuit layout. With several overtaking opportunities on every lap, Silverstone always provides a thrilling race. A great round for motoring fans to catch - things really heat up here as the BTCC nears its conclusion. All of the action can be seen from the prime grandstand seating, free for everyone to enjoy.
The BTCC season finishes right where it started – at Kent’s Brands Hatch. Returning for a thrilling concluding race, this time the cars tear their way around the Grand Prix circuit.
Offering some on the best views in racing, this circuit has been visited by the roaring engines of BTCC since the series began back in 1958. Spectators can enjoy the unique combination of hills, dips and corners that make the Hatch one of the Britain’s best known racing venues.
Be prepared to sit on the edge of your seat for most of this nail biting showdown as they fight for that place on the final podium. We can’t wait!